Charles A. Cannon
Cannon pioneered a number of industry advances in cloth towel manufacturing including national consumer advertising, the Cannon trademark sewn into each towel, pastel colors, the wrapping of products in clear plastic, style shows, and matching towel ensembles. Cannon also extended the company’s line to include sheets, hosiery, bedspreads, draperies, decorative fabrics, and blankets. In 1970, the company’s income was $305 million, and upon his death in 1971, Cannon had 17 plants and 24,000 workers.